Andres Iniesta said Barcelona avoiding defeat despite Sergi Roberto’s first-half red card means he leaves Clasico meetings against Real Madrid with a “good taste”.
While Barcelona sealed a double with the La Liga title and Copa del Rey, Real Madrid, who had to endure a frustrating domestic season, made the Champions League final for the third consecutive time.
Zidane’s opposite number was also keen to stress there would be no easing-off from his side despite their title success.
Now in his 13th year at the club, Sergio Ramos has become synonymous with Real Madrid. “It’s fantastic to be in a Champions League final for the third time in a row and have the chance to win it for the fourth time in the last five years”, Real midfielder Toni Kroos said on Tuesday.
“No, not at all”.
“Before the match it’s like that, but when the game starts I don’t think that’ll be the case”. “We will have him ready (to play)”.
The captain of arguably the world’s most famous sporting brand has won every possible trophy at club and global level, and the former Sevilla man has been an ever-present throughout that time, racking up a healthy number of appearances. Benzema had one of his best games of the season against Bayern, scoring twice. In his absence, Zidane has the inexperienced Achraf Hakimi, the versatile Nacho and Lucas Vazquez as his options.
Raphael Varane had been an injury doubt heading into the weekend after being forced to sit out training during the week due to a calf injury. Elsewhere, Sevilla will play their first match under their caretaker coach Joaquin Caparros on Friday against Real Sociedad.
“Clasicos should be played like this, it was a handsome game”, Suarez told reporters. They have a game in hand over second-placed Atletico, who have 11 points behind Barcelona.
Upfront, Cristiano Ronaldo is an automatic selection despite a minor slump in form.
Tiredness eventually took its toll on Barca, who were forced to defend deep and Real Madrid equalized thanks to Gareth Bale in the 73rd minute, but they were unable to find the winning goal to end Barca’s unbeaten run. Central European Summer Time at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, on Sunday, May 6.
“We will look tomorrow and see what damage has been done”, Zidane told Movistar Partidazo.